Breath control, breath support, breath management. You probably don’t care what it’s called. Nobody really cares about terminology. Well, there are some people who care. Ok, there are some people who care but you
are here because you want to know how to develop good breath support. So, in this video, I am going to show you
2 easy exercises to improve your breath support. Or whatever you call it. So let’s start. Hi and welcome back. If you are seeing me for the first time and
wondering “Who is this lady?”, I am Katarina from How 2 Improve Singing. And this is the third video in a series about
breath support for singers. So, if you have not watched the first two
videos, you can do so right after you finish watching this one. I’ll link to them at the end of this video. Ok. So, here is exercise #1, which I call “Suspending
the breath”. When you breathe at rest, you do not suspend
your breath. Suspending your breath is a special skill
that helps you develop control over breathing. It exercises specific muscle groups that are
responsible for slowing down the airflow through the vocal folds. More specifically, this exercise trains the
muscles of inhalation to resist the impulse to exhale immediately. Here we go:
Step 1: Inhale for the count of four. Nice and easy. Inhale silently. Keep your throat open. Make sure that your inhalation is consistent
throughout the count. If you put your hands on your lower ribs, you will see how they are moving sideways during inhalation. Do not overfill your lungs. If you feel tension in your throat, you inhaled
too much air. Exhale and start again. Step 2: Suspend your breath for the count
of four. What does it mean and how does it feel? Simply, stop inhaling but do not exhale yet. Your breath is not moving in our out. If you put your hands on the lower ribs, you
will see that they are not moving in or out when you suspend your breath. But! Suspending your breath does not mean holding
your breath at the level of the vocal folds. Imagine that you are lifting something heavy. You automatically close off your vocal folds
to create high abdominal pressure when lifting heavy objects. Try it. Lift something heavy. Did you feel your throat closing? That is exactly what you don’t want to feel. No tension, no straining, no pushing. You want to feel open and flexible in spite
of not inhaling or exhaling. So, instead, suspend your breath by engaging the muscles of your torso. You are balancing the muscles of inhalation
and exhalation. Good work! Step 3: Exhale for the count of four. But don’t exhale all the air at once. Exhale slowly and consistently. Your hands placed on the lower ribs will move
inward slowly. Repeat this exercises a few times. Bonus tip: Once you know how to do this exercise
for the count of four, try suspending your breath for the count of five. Inhale for five, suspend for five and exhale
for five. If you are good at this, extend your count
to six. You get the point. Don’t forget that you are aiming for flexibility,
openness and buoyancy. Time for exercise #2, which I call hissing. I believe you are familiar with this exercise. But let me tell you how to do it properly
so that you really work on developing breath support, not just your ego. Step 1: Inhale for the count of four. Inhale silently, keep your throat open. Do not overfill your lungs. Easy right? Step 2: Start hissing for as long as you can. But instead of breaking records, focus on
a few things: keep your throat open and keep your torso expanded. Engage the muscles of your torso and create
balance between the muscles of inhalation and exhalation. Make the hiss even and consistent. If your hissing sounds like this: ssssssssssssssss
stop and try again. Inconsistent airflow means that your muscles
are not working efficiently. Put your hands on the lower ribs,
don’t let them collapse immediately. Keep them expanded for as long as you can
during hissing. Bonus tip: Focus on the feelings associated
with this exercise instead of counting seconds. Notice your abdominals, rib muscles, pelvic
floor muscles and your back and their engagement during this exercise. This is what breath support feels like. Two easy breath support exercises. Practice every day for a few minutes and you
will notice the difference in your breathing and singing. But don’t go yet. I created a free checklist to help you recognize
what else you can improve to develop good breath support. Click here or click the link in the description
below to get it. But before you go, don’t forget to click the
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from the series about breath support, now it is a good time to watch them. I will link to them at the end of this video. Hope to see you there. Bye.